Taif, Saudi Arabia, is 95 mi/150 km east of Jeddah and is the summer home of the king, the government and anyone else who wants to escape the Riyadh heat.

Taif is an impressive, tree-filled place with a good market—plan on spending half a day to see it properly. The government-in-exile of Kuwait was located there during the Iraqi occupation of its country in 1990-91.

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